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Enhancing Singapore's Competitiveness: Some Fundamental Rethinking


  • Tan Khee Giap

    (Division of Banking and Finance, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

  • Chen Kang

    (Division of Economics, School of Humanity and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)


Singapore's economy faces some major concerns resulting from intensified regional competition and the transformation from being investment-driven to innovation-driven. This paper examines (1) the accumulation and utilization of huge government surpluses in the past 40 years; (2) the country's total cost structure (e.g., land, wages, and regulatory costs); (3) the relationships among small and medium-sized enterprises, government-linked companies, and multinational corporations; and (4) the product and market diversification that is needed to mitigate the impacts on unemployment resulting from structural changes and the transition from manufacturing to services. Singapore's comparative and competitive advantages as a strategic hub of economic activities in Asia are examined and policy recommendations are put forward. Copyright (c) 2006 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Tan Khee Giap & Chen Kang, 2005. "Enhancing Singapore's Competitiveness: Some Fundamental Rethinking," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 4(3), pages 165-202, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:4:y:2005:i:3:p:165-202

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